Nicki Pombier Berger, Founding Editor: Nicki writes fiction, and works in nonfiction using oral history tools. She works at StoryCorps, and is Chair of the Board of Advisers for 3 Generations, a non-profit that curates stories from survivors and advocates working on human rights issues, connecting audiences to ways to action. Nicki has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and attends the Oral History Masters of Arts program at Columbia University. Presumably she will stop going to school at some point. She lives in Brooklyn.
Helen Georgas, Editor: Helen is a writer and librarian living in Brooklyn. Her work has been nominated for Best New American Voices, she holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently at work on a collection of linked stories.
Nicole Haroutunian, Editor: Nicole has made her way across two NYC rivers to land in Woodside, Queens after a childhood spent in New Jersey. She has a BA in studio art from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an educator at the Morgan Library and Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and Symphony Space. Her short stories have appeared in Pearl Magazine, BAP Quarterly, Red Line Blues and 1WordProject. She is at work on a collection of linked short stories. Visit her book blog, Our Books Are Better Than We Are.
Adrian Kinloch, Designer: Adrian has been taking photographs since age seven, when his grandfather gave him a 1930s folding-bellows Kodak camera. He grew up in Suffolk, England, and has degrees in visual art and third-world development from Staffordshire University. Adrian currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a graphic designer and photographer. His pictures run regularly in The Brooklyn Paper and have also appeared in New York Magazine, O Magazine, and on BBC.com. He also maintains the photo blog Brit in Brooklyn. Adrian’s design for Underwater New York derived from his work at Coney Island Creek, as he explains here:
The look I created for UNY developed from my photographic work along the littered, muculent edge of Coney Island Creek. Cracked and faded fiberglass, rusted rivets, shards of old boats, the creek water: all of these colors, textures, and layers of history became design elements. Returning visitors to the UNY website will notice that the graphics will rust over and decay before being restored.
Dan Selzer, A/V Squad: Dan has the unlikely Oberlin College degree ”Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and Electronic Music” and thus is equally adept at trying to figure out how audio and visual technologies operate and where to plug them in. He is a freelance graphic designer and print-production professional and student of letterpress and other printing technologies with a sideline running a record label, DJing and writing music. For more information, visit his personal DJ and eventual print-work site danselzer.com and his record label site and blog, acuterecords.com. His favorite view of New York City is the skyline as seen while driving over Newtown Creek on the BQE.
Underwater New York gives special thanks to Ben Greenman, Chris Bonanos, Eric Fetherston, Kryn Hoyer-Winfield, Maril Ortiz, and Seppe Kuehn.
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